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June 25, 2013 2

King Samir Shabazz, NBPP National Field Marshal, Arrested On Weapons Charge

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King Samir Shabazz

Update: New Black Pan­thers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz was arrested on June 20 in New York City for car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and the ille­gal wear­ing of body armor.

Shabazz, who has a tat­too on his face that reads “Kill Whitey,” is cur­rently being held on $75,000 bail and will appear in Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court on June 26. The NYPD stopped Shabazz on his way out of a NBPP meet­ing about the group’s planned “Mil­lion Youth March” 15th anniver­sary rally, which is sched­uled take place in Harlem on Sep­tem­ber 7.

Two days after Shabazz was arrested, the NBPP held a “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s Restau­rant. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the rally included New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

Known for his rants that call for vio­lence, Shabazz has pub­licly stated that NBPP mem­bers should press their uni­forms so the crease could “cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.” In an August 2012 NBPP online radio broad­cast, he went on a vicious tirade describ­ing white nurs­eries and churches as legit­i­mate tar­gets for bombing.

The NBPP describes Shabazz’s arrest as an “attempt to stop the major orga­niz­ing efforts of the Mil­lion Youth March 15 year anniver­sary and slow down the progress of the pro­duc­tion of Black nation­al­ism.” They call on all “oppressed dark peo­ple of the planet” to “fight the efforts of the white dev­ils and Black Sam­bos by any means.”

Shabazz, whose real name is Maruse Heath, was pre­vi­ously arrested and released in 2008 for dis­or­derly con­duct after he and oth­ers inter­rupted a rally in Atlantic City. In 2009, Shabazz was impli­cated in a U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice suit after a voter intim­i­da­tion inci­dent  while he was head of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chapter.

Shabazz is not the first NBPP leader to be arrested for weapons charges in recent years. In March 2012, Hashim Nzinga, NBPP Chief of Staff, was arrested and charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon after try­ing to pawn a semi-automatic handgun.

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